Thursday, December 31, 2009

Blue Moon New Year

The photo is from Beaver Dam Wash. We don't go there anymore. The one road in washed out. Only the moon goes there now.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Mexico revisited

I needed a graphic today

Street vendor

and ended up going through my photos for hours.
After that, I felt pretty useless.

Three of Cups

Three of Cups, reversed.

Street shrine

Maybe I'd feel better about myself

Escritorio publico

if I were an Escritorio Publico

M. Lee & Don Plata

but my customers would have to speak English.

Street dog, shadow, blue

Mexico is a beautiful but sad country.

Pink wall

On this particular trip, M. Lee drove 10,000 hard miles

Inexplicably mannequins

and I took 10,000, mostly blurry, photos.

From the cafe window

The rest of this batch is at flickr.

Monday, December 28, 2009


Ladies and Gentlemen, and children of all ages.....

Meet Robohamster from ekai on Vimeo.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Here on earth

The gulp of magpies just left after a quick breakfast of peanuts and cookie crumbs. We picked out the chocolate. Bad for birds. They came late this morning, after the longest night. The regulars will return throughout the day. The rest go I don't know where, wherever magpies go on their winter foraging route. The way they shoot up from the east at day break like a fighter squadron, I like to think the Bird Park is their first stop.

Writing is a tough job. For me. Seems words prefer a different part of my brain than that part I use when writing them down. Writing makes me self-conscious. Critical. I have given it up ten million times ten million times. Still the words want out so I write again and the process repeats itself. At this moment, I loathe myself for being so analytical. Welcome to my morning.

It is a lack of faith. Not religious faith. Screw that crap. No need to explain further. After all, this is, for the most part, a time lapse conversation with myself and I already know what I mean.

I wrote one poem while in Costa Rica and plan to submit it to The Midwest Quarterly. Their listing in Poet's Market states they are looking for poems that use "intense, vivid, concrete, and/or surrealistic images to explore the mysterious and surprising interactions fo the natural and inner human worlds." We shall see.

I hope your morning/day/night is going well. The winter solstice is among my favorite times of year. End and beginning. Darkest night. It is not just a moment but a season. It's message this year? Lighten up.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Maybe the Moment with voice

I have been a fan of Ken Nordine, master of Word Jazz, since high school. Anyway, at 89 he is still doing wonderful things like this video which he posted on youtube last spring. It is not only funny, strange, poetic and lateral as always, it is actually poetry, and not because it is rhymed. It is poetry because, well, it is a poem, a rare bird these days.

Maybe the Moment with voice

And speaking of birds, hawks and eagles are beginning to arrive in the Carson Valley which is a wintering ground and nursery. One pretty little hawk has taken to hanging out at the Bird Park but he's a real party pooper. Everybody takes off the minute he arrives. The neighborhood cats also hunt here, fat bastards. The magpie alerts me when they show up, lots of squawking, but they don't have much to say about the hawk. So it goes.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Magpie Snow Day Breakfast

Dawn and competition is high for toast and peanuts at the Bird Park this morning. There are not as many birds as it seems. They stock pile food around the yard to eat later. Good luck finding it in the snow, fellas. No wonder "gulp" is one of the names for a group of magpies.

Other than this, I've been going in circles for days. Terrible feeling. Must_clean_office_must_dig_my_way_out.